Charles Wright (2010)
Charles Wright has read for the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series on several occasions: February 5, 1980, December 9, 1991 for the Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute, and November 13, 1997.
Edward Hirsch writes that Wright “has created a poetics of luminous moments… [that] mark and isolate the self, transporting it to another realm, weakening its boundaries.” Charles Wright’s poems exalt in language that is reverent and in sumptuous awe of the world. He received the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his 1997 collection, Black Zodiac, and the National Book Award for his 1983 collection Country Music: Selected Early Poems. His most recent collection, Scar Tissue, was the international winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize. Wright's other books include Buffalo Yoga, Negative Blue, and Appalachia. Wright is Souder Family Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Hear Charles Wright talk about Emily Dickinson at his Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute Reading on December 9, 1991.
Visit his Poetry Foundation page for more information.